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Seven Houses in France by Bernardo Atxaga


9781555976231_p0_v1_s260x420In this novel, readers are transported to colonial Africa, more specifically the garrison Yangambi on the banks of the mighty Congo River.  The garrison is commanded by the ambitious Captain Lalande Biran.  His dream is to amass a huge fortune and return to Paris to spend the rest of his days in the literary cafes.  The captain’s wife is equally ambitious; she wishes to own seven houses in France.  Life at the garrison moves on as normal until the arrival of a new officer and brilliant marksman, Chrysostome Liege.  Soon the Captain has plans to use Liege for his own personal gain.  A thrilling novel that is truly difficult to put down.

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